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A: View on the Rotterdam Skyline

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 640 meters away

This panorama shows the view on the Rotterdam Skyline from Delfshaven. The panorama is part of a proj...

View on the Rotterdam Skyline

B: I love it when a plant comes together

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 790 meters away

Its an absolute feast for a plant: Water and light! Photosynthesis to the Max! Without compromise! Dr...

I love it when a plant comes together

C: Obviously, my job is boring...

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 800 meters away

Although, I think that my job as a panographer is the best that I can get, my cat thinks something to...

Obviously, my job is boring...

D: Doing the Dishes

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 810 meters away

Well, what to say about this one...Yup, that's right! This is me doing the dishes on a Sunday afterno...

Doing the Dishes

E: Delfshaven

by pro4pics-ton-den-ouden, 930 meters away

The historic harbour of Delfshaven. View on the 'Voorhaven' with the Piet-Heyn bridge. In former days...

Delfshaven

F: Mouterbridge, Rotterdam, Delfshaven

by Marcel Wagenaar, 1.2 km away

Delfshaven is a borough of Rotterdam on the right bank of river Nieuwe Maas, in South Holland, the Ne...

Mouterbridge, Rotterdam, Delfshaven

G: Shipyard "de Delft"

by Hans Klop, 1.6 km away

Building of the historical ship "de Delft" Hans Klop

Shipyard "de Delft"

H: Pickpick in the Park

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 1.7 km away

Summertime in Rotterdam! A picknick in the park with a couple of friends, a couple of beers and a lot...

Pickpick in the Park

I: Enjoying a beer at Belgium Beercafe Boudewijn

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 1.9 km away

Enjoying my Rochefort 10 Trappist Ale at Belgium Beercafe Bouwewijn in Rotterdam. Boudewijn serves a ...

Enjoying a beer at Belgium Beercafe Boudewijn

J: Rotterdam Euromast Stairs

by Mark de Graaf, 2.0 km away

Rotterdam Euromast Stairs

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, Europe

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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